There are a number of different histories of green veggie eating. The first one comes from the Mediterranean, where it was associated with nomadic tribes who had to forage throughout the landscape and gather their food from the plants that were around them. By boiling and steaming the vegetables in water that was brought to them, they could prepare them easily. These same nomadic groups would then make their soups and other dishes with the greens they had gathered.
The history of the green salad dates all the way back to ancient Egypt. There, they used cucumbers, radishes, and squash as their staples. In addition, there were a number of different spices that they used to flavor their green dishes. Among these spices were mustard seeds, coriander, sesame seeds, garlic, ginger, and fennel.
The Chinese were known to be the first culture to bring cabbage to public attention. They used it both for flavor and for what the Chinese called “ganshi” which is still popular today in places like Szechuan and other places in China. The Ancient Indians used green vegetables for more purposes than just adding color to their food. Some of these uses included soothing an upset stomach, treating indigestion, treating menstrual pains, and treating fevers.
Green vegetables can be traced back to ancient Rome, when people in that era would dine on a diet composed primarily of vegetable dishes. This of course was a healthier alternative to eating meat and other food products. While the Greeks and the Romans would typically eat a variety of different fruits and vegetables, they were careful to only eat things like tomatoes and beans. This is important to note as it helps us to better understand how the taste differences between different types of vegetables developed over time and which ones we should eat more of.
Another intriguing part of the green-skinned vegetables comes from ancient Egypt. Because of their particular culture, the Egyptians would be more than willing to partake in the consumption of green-skinned vegetables. They did this not only as part of their religious diet but because of the fact that it helped to purify their bodies. Green vegetables have also been noted in Greek mythology as being the favorite offering of the gods. Interestingly enough, green vegetables were always part of the diet of the Egyptian gods. In fact, the only time that green leafy vegetables were consumed by the Egyptian gods was during the time that the Eye of Horus, the god of the sun, was missing.
By the time of the nineteenth century, American interest in the history of green leafy vegetables was at a peak. This was a time when new frontiers opened up in the areas of food processing and new frontiers opened up in the areas of nutrition. This is when you really started to see how important green leafy vegetables were to human health and well being. This is also the era when the tomato and the potato began to experience exponential growth in sales. Between the interest in these two staples and the development in the horticulture of these two fruits, you can see that this was clearly going to be a part of the rich history of the American diet for quite some time.
Today, many parts of the world have begun to experience a resurgence of interest in the green leafy vegetables. Part of this is due to newly discovered and better tasting hybrid varieties of these vegetables that have been created by science and technology over the past few decades. However, part of this is also because of the dramatic increase in the consumption of these vegetables as a result of improved cooking techniques and ingredients. In fact, some of the most popular vegetables grown in the United States are those that have been bred specifically for use in gourmet cooking.
Clearly, much of the history of green vegetables is a story that has been preserved from the annals of time. Moderns can add some interesting details to that long forgotten tale. Fortunately, most people have no reason to worry about eating too much of the wrong vegetables, especially when those vegetables are part of a good overall diet. As long as you avoid red meats and other high-fat meals, your diet can be as healthy as it is beautiful.